WILL BE heading to Steubenville this Sunday after our 11am High Mass at my parish. Good news for those who live tri-state (Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania) area around Steubenville. Raymond Cardinal Burke will be visiting the Franciscan University of Steubenville on Tuesday, September 8. The main reason of his visitation is to deliver a keynote and participate in a panel discussion on “the Synod on the Family”. The last time the cardinal visited the university was in 2011, he was the celebrant for the Baccalaureate Mass where he received an honorary doctorate degree.
His Eminence will be celebrating a Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the historical St. Peter Church in downtown Steubenville. Priests from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be assisting. The surprising thing is that this Mass, according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, is part of the official event of the university. As an alumni, I am very proud to see my alma mater participating in the Liturgical Movement and embracing the Ancient Form of the Mass. The Mass begins at 10:30 on Tuesday morning and a large crowd is expected. The university choir, the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, will be singing under the direction of Nicholas Will, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music. The choir will be singing all the Gregorian Propers, Messe Solennelle by Vierne and other motets.
Another visiting guest is Dr. Peter Kwasniewski from Wyoming Catholic College. Dr. Kwasniewski will be one of the panelists for the evening panel discussion and he will also be giving a lecture on “The Old Mass and the New Evangelization” on Monday night. The talk will be held in the Gentile Gallery at 8:00pm.
The keynote and panel discussion will be held in the Finnegan Fieldhouse from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Due to the large crowd, the Tuesday events, including the Mass, require confirmation through getting free tickets online. More details including the schedule, ticketing and the list of panelists can be found on the university webpage.